Private companies were markedly less optimistic about the economy in 4Q, but that didn’t translate into pessimistic forecasts or lower spending. In fact, more of them are planning M&A and capex activity, along with increased operational spending. And they’re still hiring, even if not in droves, as well as pursuing opportunities abroad. So, yes, private companies are somewhat spooked about the economy’s prospects, but are they skittish? Not at the moment.
Trendsetter Q4 2015 - Private companies see clouds on the economy's horizon
Optimism dips, but planned spending is nonetheless on the rise
Help wanted, but not tons of it
International companies are outspending peers